Writing Travel: Migration, Translation, Memory
Instructor: Jason Groves
Meeting Time: MWF 9:30am - 10:20am
Location: DEN 359
GE Requirements: Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
“Every story,” writes cultural critic Michel de Certeau, “is a travel story.” In this course we will consider the intimate link between travel and narrative, in the context of the postwar migration to and from Germany. We will focus on the German- language literature and film of those who—through exile, travel, immigration, emigration, or other forms of movement—have challenged and reimagined traditional conceptions of German national and cultural identity. We will encounters forms including lyric poetry, novella, essay, collage, and memoir, and special attention will be given to questions of translation, understood broadly as a literary and cultural practice that fosters understanding as well as creative misunderstanding. The goal of the course is to obtain knowledge through primary and secondary texts on issues of immigration and emigration, identity, multilingualism, gender, and transnational and cross-cultural concerns regarding Germany, Europe, and the world.